Shanghai's 101 must-try dishes

The best dishes in town, whatever your budget

Calamari at Italian Kitchen 26
Time Out presents the ultimate guide to the absolute must-try dishes in the city. Below is the full list of dishes as picked by our expert food critics at a glance.


To discover all the dishes read our photo galleries by price range:

What's missing from the list? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Weibo if your favourite dish didn't make the cut.


Less than 50RMB

Pork dumplings at Dapai Xiaochu, 12RMB

The steamed pork dumplings are stuffed with juicy meat folded into glossy skins. Read more

First Floor, Xin Cheng Mansion, 167 Jiangning Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu.


Beef tongue at Ebisu, 12RMB

Thick, tender cubes brushed with a sweet sauce that gives a delicate lift. Read more

99 Chengdu Nan Lu, near Changle Lu.



Mashed potato at Beyond the Clouds, 16RMB

While it may feel a bit like a Lost Heaven rip-off, the Yunnan food at this restaurant perched above Forever 21 is genuinely good. Read more

Fifth Floor, 233 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Henan Zhong Lu.


Brussel sprouts, hazelnuts, lemon and Parmesan side at Sproutworks, 20RMB

Sure to banish any lingering nightmares of overcooked Christmas sprouts. Read more

B2 Superbrand Mall, Lujiazui Ring Road.


Takoyaki at Gindaco, 25RMB

This common Japanese street snack is elevated above cheaper renditions. Read more

B2, Reel Mall, 1601 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu.


Crispy fried pork at Shudi Hotpot, 25RMB

Addictive deep- fried pork strips sprinkled with Sichuan peppercorn powder. Read more

Second Floor, 1 Shuangfeng Bei Lu, near Xietu Lu.



Luroufan at Mixiangyuan, 28RMB

You get big juicy chunks of five-layer hand-cut pork. Read more

No 24, Lane 358, Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Madang Lu.



Foie gras sushi at Maki House, 32RMB

It’s worth trawling through the myriad stalls on ‘Tokyo Street’ to order just this. Read more

63 Tokyo Street, B2, SDC Mall, 425 Yishan Lu, near Kaixuan Lu.



Hunan-style eggs (laojia hunan dan) at Xi Na, 32RMB

This classic dish is cooked not once but twice: first hard-boiled, then flash-fried. Read more

373 Huangpi Nan Lu, near Xingye Lu.



Belgian fries at De Refter, 35RMB

These large, thick- cut chips are likely to disappear within minutes of being served. Read more

181 Jinxian Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu.


Soba at Gui, 35RMB

Beautifully al dente soba are presented on a traditional zaru bamboo tray. Read more

A3, 555 Gubei Lu, near Xianxia Lu.




Calamari at Italian Kitchen 26, 35RMB

Some of the crispiest, crunchiest calamari we’ve had in Shanghai. Read more.

23 Anfu Lu, near Changshu Lu.




Flounder and chips at The Sailors, 35RMB

The most authentic tasting fish ’n’ chips that we’ve found in the city. Read more

35 Yongkang Lu, near Jiashan Lu.



Shrimp wontons at Molokai, 36RMB

Silky packages with translucent skins float in a light broth. Read more

Xintiandi South Plaza, Bldg 6, 123 Xingye Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu.


Cajun chicken sandwich at 2nd Floor, 38RMB

Easily our favourite of the delights on offer at this bright and breezy arts hangout. Read more

810 Changle Lu, near Changshu Lu.


Ham and mushroom risotto at de Bellotas, 38RMB

Wafers of crispy jamón topping an intensely satisfying, generously cheesy risotto. Read more

68 Taicang Lu, near Shunchang Lu.


Deep-fried duck leg at Jian Guo 328, 38RMB

One dish we never skip, cooked to a chewy-tender texture. Read more

328 Jiangguo Xi Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu.





Croque monsieur at Farine, 40RMB

We still find ourselves struck by regular cravings for the artisan snack. Read more

First Floor, 378 Wukang Lu, near Taian Lu.




Housemade tofu at Awana, 42RMB

The housemade tofu here could convert even the most ardent bean curd skeptic. Read more

124-2 Beijing Xi Lu, near Shaanxi Bei Lu.




Poutine at Hungry Lung’s Kitchen, 45RMB

Crispy thin-cut French fries smothered in Monterrey Jack cheddar. Read more

144 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu.



Vegetarian hongshao rou at Veg Inn, 48RMB

A unique alternative to the classic Shanghainese dish for determined vegetarians. Read more

1585 Huashan Lu, near Taian Lu.



Time Out presents the ultimate guide to the absolute must-try dishes in the city. Below is the full list of dishes as picked by our expert food critics at a glance. 

To see full details for each dish, read our photo galleries by price range  or click through the price ranges for a fuller description.


What's missing from the list? Let us know on FacebookTwitter or Weibo if your favourite dish didn't make the cut.


51-100RMB


Spicy chicken with pickled peppers 
at 70s Restaurant, 58RMB

The chicken’s golden skin is soaked in giant red chillis and oil overnight. Read more

1217 Changde Lu, near Xinhui Lu.


Special akamaru ramen at Ippudo, 58RMB

Ramen fiends joke that the only reason to cross the Huangpu is for a bowl of noodles at Ippudo. Read more 

LG1-79-80 IFC Mall, 8 Century Avenue, near Lujiazui Dong Lu.


Chicken with seaweed (jiqiu) at Xin Dau Ji, 68RMB

Michelin-starred Hong Kong import has maintained its star power. Read more

47 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu.


Stracciatella bruschetta at Henkes, 75RMB

The stretched-curd cheese has an intense creaminess. Read more.

First Floor, Reel Shanghai Department Store, 1601 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu. 


Vietnamese sample plate at Pho Ever, 78RMB

Despite a Shanghainese chef in the kitchen, it’s as good as anything we’ve tasted in Ho Chi Minh City. Read more.

Fifth Floor, Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shaanxi Bei Lu. 


Lamb korma at Saffron, 78RMB

The rich, creamy lamb korma is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Read more

21 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu.




Deep fried mashed duck and taro at Li Xuan, 88RMB

The house speciality at Li Xuan, which you’ll see on nearly every table. Read more

Third Floor, Lippo Plaza, 222 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Songshan Lu


Lion’s head meatball at Shunfeng Gangwan, 88RMB

Shunfeng Gangwan’s meatball is genuinely of Aslan-like proportions. Read more

Fourth Floor, Crystal Pavilion, 175 Taixing Lu, near Wujiang Lu.


Assorted sashimi carpaccio at Inno Dining, 98RMB

It’s like a seafood version of a gourmet beef tartar. Read more

First Floor, Super 8 Hotel, 58 Yanping Lu, near Xinzha Lu.


Catfish hotpot at Shouer Menxianhui, 98RMB

The catfish is fall-apart tender and so rich that it tastes more like fatty salmon. Read more.

Yalong International Plaza, 500 Jinling Dong Lu, near Xizang Zhong Lu.


Time Out presents the ultimate guide to the absolute must-try dishes in the city. Below is the full list of dishes as picked by our expert food critics at a glance.

To see full details for each dish, read our photo galleries by price range  or click through the price ranges for a fuller description:

How many of the dishes can you eat? Submit a photo of yourself with any of the dishes on this list to #timeoutshanghai via Instagram - making sure to tell us which dish it is- and you could win dinner at best dish entry Colagreco for free. The reader to have chomped their way through the most best dishes before May 15 will win a 500RMB voucher for Colagreco


What's missing from the list? Let us know on FacebookTwitter or Weibo if your favourite dish didn't make the cut.


101-250RMB


Materdei pizza at Matto, 108RMB

The thin, chewy crust features pleasingly blackened edges and bubbles. Read more

Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu, Lujiazui Ring Road.


Home-crafted pork fennel sauages at Capo, 128RMB

The juicy bangers make for some of the best links in the city. Read more

Fifth Floor, Yifeng Galleria, Rockbund, 77 Beijing Dong Lu, near Yuanmingyuan Lu


Salsiccia pizza at Scarpetta, 128RMB

It’s one of our favourite pizzas in the city. Read more

33 Mengzi Lu, near Madang Lu. 



Pappardelle with lamb ragout at 8 1⁄2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA , 130RMB

The lamb is slow cooked for three hours with fresh porcini. Read more

Sixth-Seventh Floors, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Huqiu Lu.


Sultan sarma at Efes, 134RMB

The Sultan sarma is just one example of the quality on show here. Read more

Lujiazui 1885, 665 Shangcheng Lu, near Nanquan Bei Lu.


Thai-style mussels at Kathleen’s Waitan, 138RMB

These plump little molluscs come bathed in a steaming broth of coconut milk. Read more.

200 Huangpu Lu, near Qingpu Lu. See full address details.


Confited duck leg at La Queue du Chiot, 140RMB

Ishibashi Kenji's confited duck leg is a small masterpiece. Read more.

No 5, Lane 25, Gaolan Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu.


Hotpot at The Mahota, 158RMB

Vegetables served within 24 hours of being picked at their Chongming Island farm. Read more

First Floor, 666 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu.


Hunkar begendi at Garlic, 160RMB

The smokiness from the vegetable mixes with the tender meat to great effect. Read more 

698 Yongjia Lu, near Anting Lu.


Sushi set at Tsukiji Aosora Sandaime, 160RMB

Head chef Shuta Kamezaki leads an all-Japanese team at this revered Tokyo brand. Read more

191 Changle Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu


Burrata salad at ElEfante, 165RMB

It’s still the Italian burrata cheese that we pine for time and again. Read more

20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Lu.



Lobster ravioli with olive oil, lemon and herbs at Mercato, 178RMB

The six perfect little packages are handmade from scratch every day. Read more

Sixth floor, Three on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu.


Beijing roasted duck at Jing Hui Cui, 188RMB

Even people from the capital agree that this is a superb version of the Peking dish. Read more

Eighth Floor, Longemont Mall, 1018 Changning Lu, near Kaixuan Lu


God-speed turbot at Y2C2, 198RMB

The presentation features a tiny porcelain fisherman pulling in his catch. Read more

Fifth Floor, 579 Waima Lu, near Xinmatou Jie.



Farm-raised piglet at Colagreco, 238RMB

Mauro Colagreco previously worked in the kitchens of star chefs Alain Ducasse and Alain Passard. Read more

Second Floor, Three on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu

Time Out presents the ultimate guide to the absolute must-try dishes in the city. Below is the full list of dishes as picked by our expert food critics at a glance.


To discover all the dishes read our photo galleries by price range:

How many of the dishes can you eat? Submit a photo of yourself with any of the dishes on this list  to #timeoutshanghai via Instagram - making sure to tell us which dish it is- and you could win dinner at best dish entry Colagreco for free. The reader to have chomped their way through the most best dishes before May 15 will win a 500RMB voucher for Colagreco

What's missing from the list? Let us know on FacebookTwitter or Weibo if your favourite dish didn't make the cut.


More than 250RMB


Black cod at Oceans, 280RMB

The sauce is made with the bones of the ham that give the dish a strong flavour. Read more

First Floor, Banyan Tree Hotel, 19 Gongping Lu, near Dong Daming Lu.


Botan shrimp
at Wan Dao, part of 350RMB set menu

This sweet-fleshed variety of shrimp is one of the best we’ve eaten. Read more.

Fifth Floor, Wantai International Tower, 480 Wulumuqi Bei Lu, near Huashan Lu


Truffle burnt soup bread at Ultraviolet, part of 2,500RMB set menu

Chef Paul Pairet tells us he’s been dining on variations of this dish for years. Read more

See www.uvbypp.com for details.

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